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Former Exchange Student Gives Back To Rotary As RYE Counselor

Imagine. You’re fifteen years old; 16 days shy of your sixteenth birthday. You’re about to embark on an 11-month journey, travel 8,700 miles to a different country, attend a different school, live with families you’ve never met, speak a language everyday you’ve only studied in school.

You’ve chosen to apply for the Rotary Youth Exchange’s long-term program in Thailand, your home country. You, your parents, and school have filled out all the forms. You’ve listed your strengths, weaknesses and ambitions. Your parents have written candidly about your character and maturity. Your commitment is for an entire school year.

Patitta “Pati” Kitcharoenchai knew about Rotary. Her father, Somchart, is a member of the club in Chanthaburi. Since last August, Pati’s host club has been the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River. No stranger to Youth Exchange, the club has had at least one exchange student every year since Lisa Nestorsen (from Sweden) in 1982.

RYE’s objectives are simple, succinct and clear – “Instilling international understanding and goodwill in students, creating positive change by empowering youth, and making lasting connections for host clubs, host families, communities, and the students involved.”

 

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Volume 15, Issue 14, Posted 6:32 PM, 07.03.2019

Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four High School Seniors

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its weekly meeting on April 1.

Graduating seniors Semra Dervisevic and Margaret McIlwee from Lakewood High School, Lauren Driscoll from Rocky River High School, and Molly Rogers from St. Joseph Academy each received $3,000 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. The scholarship program is part of over $60,000 that the Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club donates to the community each year.

In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and potential, these four scholarship winners were chosen for their character, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

Semra Dervisevic is a co-editor on the management team of the Lakewood High School yearbook, in addition to working part-time in the community. She values multi-ethnic communities, and engaged in a lot of community service to refugees through involvement in “Girls Facing History and Ourselves.” Semra will study chemical engineering at Cleveland State University where she hopes to use her studies to “spark a change in a person’s lifestyle.”

Lauren Driscoll is an advanced art student who used her summers to take additional art courses at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Lauren enjoys exploring the interaction of art and technology. She chose to tackle something new during her senior year at Rocky River, leading the design and marketing team for the school’s robotics club. Lauren will attend Baldwin Wallace University to study digital media and design.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Rotary Foundation Awards Over $63,500 In Grants

Over $63,500 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River made the awards.

The club awarded $12,000 in scholarships to four high school seniors, and presented $6,000 to student winners in the club’s annual speech, music and art competition at the Beck Center on April 2.

The Beck Center received $2,500 for music scholarships, and $1,872 was used to continue the club’s commitment to provide a dictionary each year to every third grader in Lakewood and Rocky River.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

Rotary Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Student Achievement

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony and reception April 2 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the competition annually showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

Speech contest first place winner is Grace Dill. Also honored were Ella Chanter, second place, Haley Schultz, third place, and Ava Wahl, fourth place. All students are from Lakewood High School.

Speech contest finals were at the Rotary club’s March 25 meeting. Speeches must be of original content and be based on “The Four-Way Test of Rotary” which asks, “Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, Will it build goodwill and better friendships, and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

This is the 74th year for the club’s speech competition.

Music contest first place winner is Kira Marjanovic, Lakewood, who performed “Sonata for Trumpet and Piano” by Kent Kennan on the trumpet. Nadine El Dabh, Rocky River, placed second; Zearatus Perry, Lakewood, placed third; and Breslin McCrae, Lakewood, received an honorable mention.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 8, Posted 12:14 PM, 04.17.2019

College Club West Discusses The Healthy Aging Brain At April 3 Meeting

College Club West next general meeting is Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Civic Center, Rocky River. Public Welcome. The program is “The Healthy Aging Brain” with speaker Kathleen Stefancin, MS, RD, President, Smart Picks. 
 
College Club West offers women living on the west side of Cleveland with four-year degrees and registered nurses opportunities to learn, socialize & participate in fun, meaningful activities. www.collegeclubwest.org

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Volume 15, Issue 7, Posted 7:53 AM, 04.03.2019

Lakewood Garden Club Hosts Author Amy Stewart

The Lakewood Garden Club is thrilled to announce that we will hosting “New York Times” bestselling author Amy Stewart, for a luncheon on Tuesday, May 14th, at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River. Ms. Stewart will give a spirited talk on her best-selling book, The Drunken Botanist, an entertaining look at the botanical origins of every delicious cocktail. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m., with a catered lunch at noon. The presentation will follow. Amy Stewart is a frequent guest on both television and radio and a sought-after speaker. She has authored numerous popular books including “Wicked Plants,” “Wicked Bugs,” “Flower Confidential’” and her latest series about the Kopp Sisters, which is based on the first female sheriff in the United States. Her presentations are entertaining, informational, memorable and “spirited"! There will be books for sale at the program, which Amy Stewart will autograph. 

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Volume 15, Issue 6, Posted 1:00 PM, 03.20.2019

Dynamic Lakewood Businesses Give Back

BEER ENGINE has been a cornerstone business in Lakewood since 2007. Partnering with Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation (LCAC), BEER ENGINE has raised more than $15,000 to help stuggling families and senior citizens in our community.

Each year, LCAC’s all volunteer board has to raise $25,000 to carry out its mission of providing food for the holidays and cleaning supplies in the spring to Lakewood residents in need. This year BEER ENGINE is celebrating its 12th anniversary by joining forces with Woodstock BBQ in hopes of raising a record donation for Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation. 

From March 1 - March 18, 2019 BEER ENGINE and Woodstock BBQ will invite patrons to purchase personalized taps, mugs, growlers, and kegs to paper the walls of each establishment. Prices vary from $1.00 to $100.00, with LCAC receiving 100% of the money raised during the campaign.

On March 18th  at 6:00pm, Mayor Summers will be at BEER ENGINE to accept a check from BE owner, Bob Wright and Woodstock BBQ’s owner, Robert Togliatti on behalf of LCAC and all the families who will benefit from the combined charity fundraiser.

 

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Volume 15, Issue 5, Posted 12:58 PM, 03.05.2019

Rotary Seeks Grant Applications

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations that serve our youth and community within Lakewood and Rocky River.

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Volume 14, Issue 22, Posted 4:01 PM, 11.20.2018

College Club West November 7 General Meeting Features Lake Erie Shipwrecks

The College Club West General Meeting is November 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Don Umerley Center. Guest speaker Kevin Magee will be discussing Lake Erie Shipwrecks. The public is welcome to attend. College Club West offers women living on the west side of Cleveland with four-year degrees and registered nurses opportunities to learn, socialize & participate in fun, meaningful activities. Check the calendar page for upcoming activities. More information at http://www.collegeclubwest.orgcollegeclubwest@gmail.com, or Facebook. 

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Volume 14, Issue 21, Posted 3:08 PM, 11.07.2018

An Afternoon With Mary Beth Ions

Violinist Mary Beth Ions is one of Northeast Ohio's most active musicians. She performs in the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, Trinity Cathedral Chamber Orchestra and the Blossom Festival Orchestra. She will be performing a benefit concert on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at the Beck Center for the Arts. The show will start at 2:30 p.m. and will include wine, hors d'voeuvres and desserts. The ticket price is $25 per person with all proceeds benefitting Beck Center for the Arts. 

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Volume 14, Issue 19, Posted 2:26 PM, 10.02.2018

Rotary Shoe Boxes Aid Children Of The Dump

On August 1, members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River joined Rotarians across the United States by participating in an international service project known as “Children of the Dump.”

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Volume 14, Issue 16, Posted 7:15 PM, 08.21.2018

Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four Area High School Seniors

Four graduating seniors were awarded college scholarships by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River at its weekly meetings on June 4 and 11.

Brian Donahoe and Bihieshta Jabarkhil from Lakewood High School, Jacquelyn Pappadakes from Rocky River High School, and Kiara Hoefsmit from Saint Joseph Academy, received $3,000 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation. This $12,000 program is part of over $60,000 that the local Rotary club donates to the community each year.

In addition to demonstrating academic achievement and potential, these four Rotary scholarship winners were chosen for extracurricular and community involvement.

Brian Donahoe was active in Student Council and the Barnstormers theatre troupe. For four years he was on the school’s Academic Challenge and boys’ soccer teams. Last year, Brian garnered the highest GPA of the school’s fall athletes. He wants to explore the fields of civil and aerospace engineering at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend.

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Volume 14, Issue 12, Posted 4:18 PM, 06.19.2018

BEER ENGINE Benefits Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.

On behalf of Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, I am honored to thank BEER ENGINE for raising $6,002 at their recent charity fundraiser for LCAC. BEER ENGINE has dedicated two years of support around their anniversary date to help Lakewood residents in need. Their combined donations have raised $14,582 for LCAC!

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Volume 14, Issue 8, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

BEER ENGINE Benefits Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corp.

On behalf of Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation, I am honored to thank BEER ENGINE for raising $6,002 at their recent charity fundraiser for LCAC. BEER ENGINE has dedicated two years of support around their anniversary date to help Lakewood residents in need. Their combined donations have raised $14,582 for LCAC!

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Volume 14, Issue 7, Posted 3:27 PM, 04.17.2018

Cordray And Kucinich To Speak At March Democratic Club Meeting

On March 29, the Lakewood Democratic Club will hear from two candidates for governor back-to-back.

Richard Cordray, the first-ever director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will address members and guests first. Former Congressman Dennis Kucinich will then discuss his own career and campaign.

Club president Grant Mackay says that this double-feature is a tribute to the motivated, engaged community in Lakewood.

“Speakers occasionally praise our club’s turnout for meetings, and say that the road to winning in Cuyahoga County detours through Lakewood,” says Mackay. “It’s a generous thing to say. But when we line up three candidates for governor in three meetings—and two of them even consent to share a meeting—something’s happening in this club.”

In January, the club hosted state Senator and candidate for governor Joe Schiavoni. After the appearance by Cordray and Kucinich, three-fourths of the Ohio Democrats’ remaining gubernatorial field will have appeared personally at the Lakewood Democratic Club.

The club’s officers expect the two-candidate March meeting to be a large draw. Cordray is a former Ohio Treasurer and Attorney General, and his tenure at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has received national attention. Kucinich is well-known locally, as a former mayor of Cleveland and an eight-term congressional representative for westside communities including Lakewood.

Club vice president Kristine Pagsuyoin encourages people to arrive early for the meeting.

“Our February meeting featuring judicial candidates filled nearly every seat, so we look forward to a potentially historic turnout this month,” says Pagsuyoin. “We’re making plans to accommodate extra people, but seating will be first-come first-served,” she says.

The Lakewood Democratic Club’s March meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. (Doors open at 6:30.) Meetings take place in the Woman’s Club Pavilion in Lakewood Park, and are always free to attend as a guest.

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Volume 14, Issue 6, Posted 7:14 PM, 03.20.2018

Rotary Seeks Grant Applications

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River is seeking grant applications from non-profit organizations that serve our youth and community within Lakewood and Rocky River.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 5:02 PM, 11.08.2017

Clifton Blvd Extension: Great News!

Historical Clifton Park is having the four lanes of the Clifton Blvd Extension reduced to two lanes with bike lanes on each side of the road from West Clifton to the Rocky River bridge.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 5:13 PM, 10.03.2017

Free Picnic With Lakewood Democratic Club & Friends

The Lakewood Democratic Club is hosting a a free community picnic on Saturday, September 23, thanks to the generosity of Representative Marcy Kaptur.

“It’s incredibly thoughtful of Representative Kaptur to sponsor this picnic for Lakewood, on top of all the great work she does for our district,” says Democratic Club President Grant MacKay. “I hope people will bring along friends and family, and enjoy some good food with neighbors.”

The picnic will take place in the Kiwanis Pavilion in Lakewood Park. MacKay notes that “the Democratic Club always meets in Lakewood Park, but indoors. It seems like we ought to get outside and enjoy one of the best parks around, once in a while, so we decided to have a picnic.”

This event is purely casual, open to the entire community. Anyone interested in the club can take the opportunity to chat about it with members. But, “The only agenda item is to enjoy the park, and help eat the food so we don’t have to take it home” says MacKay.

Hot dogs, brats, hamburgers and black-bean burgers will be served at the picnic, along with juice, pop and water. Attendees are welcome to bring their favorite side dish or dessert to share.

The Lakewood Democratic Club’s picnic takes place from noon to 2 p.m. on September 23, at Lakewood Park. There is no cost to attend, but online RSVPs are requested; please visit tinyurl.com/lkwdpicnic to let the club know you’re coming.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 12:35 PM, 09.06.2017

Three Students Attend RYLA

Three students from Lakewood and Rocky River high schools attended the District 6630 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) conference at Baldwin Wallace University June 11-15.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four High School Seniors

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River recently awarded four college scholarships to graduating seniors Martina Blazevic, Ali Brugh and Aleksandra Dunjic from Rocky River High School and Joshua January from Lakewood High School.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 12:35 PM, 07.18.2017

Secretary Of State Candidate To Speak On Voting Rights: Lakewood Democrats Welcome Kathleen Clyde To July 13 Summer Supper

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) will headline the Lakewood Democratic Club’s Summer Supper, July 13 at VOSH. Clyde is a prominent voting-rights advocate, and candidate for Ohio Secretary of State.

“From gerrymandering to equal pay, Rep. Clyde is constantly fighting for ordinary people’s rights,” says club president Grant Mackay. “In both the Ohio House and in major court cases, she’s on the front line of battles for fairness and democracy. Her experiences should make for an inspiring evening.”

The Summer Supper takes place at VOSH Lakewood, 1414 Riverside Drive, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 13. Tickets for the evening begin at $50 per person, and include dinner and one drink ticket. 

The annual event helps fund the Democratic Club’s programs for the year, and is open to all. Tickets may be purchased at lakewooddemocrats.com/supper, or by mailing a check to the Lakewood Democratic Club at PO Box 771263, Lakewood, OH 44107.

For more information, contact lkwdohdemclub@gmail.com.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 3:03 PM, 07.05.2017

Rotary Foundation Awards Over $59,000 In Grants

Over $59,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

The awards focused on three main areas – community health and wellness, food and nutrition, and programs that encourage and foster youth leadership.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River will award $12,000 in scholarships to high school seniors, and presented $6,000 to student winners in the club’s annual speech, music and art competition at the Beck Center on March 27.

The Beck Center received $2,500 for arts scholarships, and $1,860 was used to continue the club’s commitment to provide a dictionary each year to every third grader in Lakewood and Rocky River.

Seed money grants went to North Coast Health Ministry ($5,000) for a diabetic retinopathy machine, and Girls with Sole ($2,500) to fund its summer camp initiative.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Showing Up For Racial Justice

Do you look at the news and feel misrepresented? Do you see Trump, Conway, Sessions, Bannon, DeVos, Tillerson, and not see your America? Do you want to show up for the most under-represented and disenfranchised in your community who need you during this troubling time? Since November 8th, have you noticed racism more and have you wondered what you can actually do about this growing racism? There is a growing organization of people devoted to tackling these issues head on-- the Showing Up For Racial Justice, Northeast Ohio Chapter. Showing Up For Racial Justice provides a space for us to build relationships, skills, and political analysis to act for change while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Rotary Honors Speech, Music, Visual Arts Contest Winners

Winners of Rotary’s annual Speech, Music, and Visual Arts Contest were honored at an awards ceremony March 27 at the Beck Center for the Arts.

Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River, the competition showcases the incredible talents of students attending one of five high schools – Lakewood, Lutheran West, Magnificat, Rocky River, and St. Edward.

Speech contest first place winner is Elizabeth Pearlman from Lakewood High School, who will compete at the Rotary District 6630 Speech Contest on April 8 in Aurora.

Also honored were Brian Donahoe, second place, and Zachary Howe, third place, both from Lakewood High School.

Speech contest semi-finals were March 18 at the Beck Center and the finals were at the Rotary club’s March 20 meeting. Speeches must be of original content and be based on “The Four-Way Test of Rotary” which asks, “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships?" and "Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 5:10 PM, 04.04.2017

Historical Society Spring Sale

Lakewood Historical Society is excited to announce the Tabletops & Trifles Sale at the Nicholson House at 13335 Detroit Avenue, on Friday, April 7th, 1-7 p.m., and Saturday, April 8th, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. A fine selection of everything exquisite will be artfully displayed for your shopping pleasure, including crystal, china, silver, jewelry, linen and many more decorative items.

Hosting Easter Dinner? Planning a wedding or shower? Shop this sale for the perfect party accents from serving to centerpieces we have everrything from shabby chic to Downton Abbey elegence.  We have something for all budgets and tastes.

Parking is available at St. Ed’s across the street. Tabletops and Trifles is a prelude to the annual Sale on the Grounds, which occurs on the first Saturday and Sunday in May.

All proceeds from this sale benefit the programs and properties of the Lakewood Historical Society. Come shop—you’re sure to find aspecial piece—or even many!

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 8:14 PM, 03.21.2017

Portman Is No-Show At Town Hall Meeting

A crowd of approximately 300 people filled the sanctuary of Cleveland's St. James AME Church on February 23 where a town hall meeting with United States Senator Rob Portman was convened by Indivisible CLE. Senator Portman did not attend and did not respond to the request from Indivisible CLE to hold a town hall meeting during the current Congressional recess.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 6:18 PM, 03.07.2017

Ho-Ho-Ho Where To Go For Breakfast With Santa

The holidays are such a busy time of the year that actually slowing down for family fun can be a hard thing to do.  Never fear, the Friends of St. James offer you and your family and friends, an opportunity for good food, crafts, stories with Mrs. Claus, visits with Santa and a photo for remembrance!

Where can such a good time be had? Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at Brennan's Party Center, 13000 Triskett Road, on the Cleveland/Lakewood border. Please come and enjoy some family or just friends time starting at 9 a.m. continuing until 11:30 a.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 24, Posted 4:35 PM, 11.22.2016

Draw The Lines, Make The Rules

Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Independents would do it if they could, but they seldom get the chance. In 1812, when Massachusetts Governor Gerry redrew state senate districts to benefit his party, one Boston-area district was dubbed a salamander. Since 2011, our Northwest Ohio district has been called "the snake by the lake." Either way, it's called gerrymandering.

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Volume 12, Issue 20, Posted 5:03 PM, 09.27.2016

Rotary Sends Layettes To New Mothers In Nicaragua

On July 25, as an international service project, members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River prepared 50 Rotary-branded layette bags filled with products commonly available to new mothers in the United States for expectant mothers in Chinandega, Nicaragua.

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Volume 12, Issue 17, Posted 10:25 PM, 08.16.2016

Hen Keeping Permit Applications Now Available

Greeting from the Hens in Lakewood Committee! Lakewood City Council passed an ordinance in May which allows for pilot hen keepers to re-new their permits and an additional 13 households to apply to keep hens in 2016.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 4:38 PM, 07.19.2016

LWV Presents Land And Water Forum On West Side

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will present a free forum on stormwater management on Monday May 2, 2016 at 7p.m., at Westlake Porter Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd, Westlake. Ms. Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells, Deputy Director of Watershed Programs, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NORSD), will speak on "Land and Water: Fixing Combined Sewers and Managing Stormwater for Clean and Abundant Fresh Water."

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 3:24 PM, 04.26.2016

Rotary Foundation Awards Over $56,000 In Grants

Over $56,000 in grants from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation will be used to provide scholarships, recognize student achievement, purchase dictionaries for third graders, and help fund worthy programs by community organizations.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 4:37 PM, 04.12.2016

Rotary To Award Four Scholarships

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $2,500 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:28 AM, 03.01.2016

Swim-a-Thon To Benefit Two Organizations

Girls with Sole and the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River will be the beneficiaries of support from the sixth annual Swim-a-Thon on March 13 at the Rocky River Recreation Center pools from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 11:28 AM, 03.01.2016

Challenging White Supremacy Is Freedom Of Speech

I recently moved to Cranford Avenue, which is a few streets past downtown Lakewood and a few streets toward the Rocky River Loop. I moved there before November, and there were political signs a-plenty regarding the upcoming local election. A friend who has lived in Lakewood for a while said that come election season, Lakewood is known for having yard signs in the same way Parma, Ohio is known for pink flamingos. Lakewood is a political town with a politically-conscious community, which isn't bad and very reassuring. One of the first signs I noticed was a sign not too far from my apartment reading "Black Lives Matter" and a reference to a website for Showing Up For Racial Justice. 

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 1:37 PM, 02.16.2016

Christmas Sale On The Grounds

The Lakewood Historical Society's annual Christmas Sale on the Grounds has everything you need for holiday decorating, entertaining and gift-giving.      

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Rotary Recognizes Edward Gallagher For Speech, Music, Arts Program Leadership

Edward P. Gallagher, director of education for the Beck Center, received a Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River on November 15 in recognition of his 11 years running the club's speech, music and art awards program.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 and is usually reserved for individuals who contribute $1000 to the Rotary Foundation.

Each year, students from all Lakewood and Rocky River high schools are eligible to compete for scholarships that recognize their talents in speech, music and art.

"This annual event is a time to showcase our local schools, the students, and the power of speech and the arts. I am proud to work closely with Rotarians each year to make this event a way to bring students together as they strive to further develop skills that will serve them for a lifetime," Gallagher remarked.

"Personally, I enjoy being part of the process which turns the local spotlight on young talented musicians, outstanding artists and individuals who deliver speeches with passion under the framework of the Four-Way Test of Rotary."

Gallagher received the award at Rotary District 6630's Foundation Awards and Art Auction in Akron. Proceeds from the event support The Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund to help with local club grants and Rotary's End Polio Now campaign.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Club Delivers Dictionaries To Over 800 Third Grade Students

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River purchased dictionaries for all third grade students in Lakewood and Rocky River.

Club members take the dictionaries into the classrooms and deliver them personally to each student. They then spend time talking to the students about how Rotary is active in their communities and internationally.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Kauffman Park Friends To Elect Officers

Kauffman Park Friends will meet in January to elect officer. The roles of president and vice president will be open. Other positions will be filled as necessary.

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Volume 11, Issue 24, Posted 3:38 PM, 11.24.2015

Big Turn Out For "Hens In Lakewood" Coop Tour

Sunday, September 20th was a brilliant, sunny, afternoon and perfect weather for the Hens in Lakewood Coop Tour. Over 150 people showed up to see first-hand how the city of Lakewood's hen pilot project is working. Nine of the eleven families who are in the hens pilot had a great time educating the visitors who came to their yards about all things hens.

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Volume 11, Issue 22, Posted 2:57 PM, 10.27.2015

Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club Career Tech Employer Recognition Dinner

Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Club is excited to celebrate the Employers that create positions and internships for our West Shore Career Tech students from Lakewood, Rocky River, Bay Village, and Westlake High Schools. On October 20th at 5:15 p.m. at La Centre in Westlake this special event will recognize these important employers and host a panel to discuss integrating and keeping talent in the modern workplace.

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Volume 11, Issue 20, Posted 11:29 AM, 09.29.2015

Lakewood Collaborative Celebrates & Focuses On The Future

One of the original goals of the Lakewood Family Collaborative was to interconnect our community, linking social service agencies, schools, churches, mental health providers, treatment programs, citizens and any interested entities to one another. This vital connection helped increased the collaboration of participating organizations to better serve individuals and families throughout Lakewood and other western suburbs as well as parts of Cleveland.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 1:57 PM, 09.01.2015

Rep. Antonio To Host Legislative Update In Lakewood

State Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood) will host a legislative update on August 24th from 3 pm to 5pm. The meeting will take place in the Multi-purpose room of the Lakewood Public Library-Main Branch.                              

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 4:01 PM, 08.18.2015

Lakewood Democratic Club Annual Summer Supper And Fundraiser

The Lakewood Democratic Club is preparing for its Annual Summer Supper to be held at the Gardens at the Clifton Club, 17884 Lake Rd. in Lakewood. The event will be on Wednesday, July 22nd from 6-9 p.m. For over forty years, the Lakewood Democratic Club has supported the ideals of the Democratic Party by providing energizing speakers at every meeting including our elected leaders from State, Federal, County and City government, nonpartisan groups such as Policy Matters Ohio, NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, AFL-CIO and Mr. PG Sittenfeld, Candidate for US Senate. The funds raised from this annual event supports the efforts for the upcoming election and club operations for 2016. 

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 3:05 PM, 07.07.2015

Rotary Awards Scholarships To Four Area High School Seniors

The Rotary Club of Lakewood and Rocky River awarded four college scholarships at its June 8 meeting. Graduating seniors Alexis Mod and Anthony Mod from Rocky River High School and Molly Schmidt and Mary Chudy from Magnificat High School each received $2,500 awards from the Lakewood-Rocky River Rotary Foundation.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 4:33 PM, 06.23.2015

Lakewood Family Collaborative Seeks “Helping Hands Award” Nominees

The Lakewood Family Collaborative, serving Lakewood and it's neighbors, is looking for those people in our community who serve and have made an impact. The Leadership Team of the Collab is choosing one outstanding candidate – an individual or organization – whose helping hands have made a stellar difference in the lives of the people served in our community. The honoree last year was Jason Weiner of The Beck Center of the Arts.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 6:10 PM, 04.14.2015

Rotary Foundation To Award Four Scholarships

The Lakewood/Rocky River Rotary Foundation is offering grants for study in any accredited post-high school educational institution. Four grants of $2,500 will be awarded toward the cost of one year’s tuition.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 4:41 PM, 03.17.2015